Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to Receive Independent Curators International’s Leo Award

Independent Curators International (ICI), the New York–based nonprofit that connects emerging and established curators and artists to arts spaces around the globe, has announced that collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo was selected as the recipient of this year’s Leo Award. She will be presented with the honor at ICI’s annual benefit and auction in New York on October 22.

Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is the founder and president of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, which was established in 1995 in Turin, Italy, and has since expanded into a center for artistic research and experimentation. According to its website, the foundation “reflects a new conception of patronage, based on principles of individual responsibility and the sharing of personal passion, knowledge and resources.”

Housed in a former tire factory, the organization mounts rotating exhibitions, develops educational programing, hosts artists-in-residence, and produces cultural projects. It is also planning to open a second space, which will be co-designed by the Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye, at the Matadero Madrid Arts Complex in Madrid. The satellite is currently under construction and won’t be completed for a few years.

A member of the international council at the Museum of Modern Art, the leadership council at the New Museum, the advisory committee for modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the board of governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is an active member of the global arts community.

“With this award, we honor Patrizia’s relentless support of art and cultural exchange,” said Renaud Proch, the ICI’s executive director. “Through the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s exceptional exhibition program in Turin, its education department, and the Young Curators Residency, Patrizia has shown great dedication to encouraging discourse and international engagement—two core ICI values. We are proud to welcome her among the ‘Leos.’”

Named after early ICI supporter and art dealer Leo Castelli, the award recognizes an extraordinary commitment to artists and pioneering contributions to the field of contemporary art. Past recipients of the award include Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Marian Goodman, Michael Govan, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Miuccia Prada, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, and Dasha Zhukova.